Wildcat Fire burns more than 1,500 acres north of Grand Canyon

Posted at 3:28 PM, Jun 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-19 15:31:57-04

A wind-driven fire burning north of the Grand Canyon has moved through 1,520 acres as of Sunday, according to national forest officials.

The Wildcat Fire, as it has been named, was ignited by a lightning strike around 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 13. It is burning pinyon, juniper, grasses and shrubs south of Highway 89A and east of Arizona Highway 67, which is the road to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Winds are blowing the fire to the southwest, and officials said it was 40% contained as of noon Sunday.

Currently, 297 firefighters are responding, including engine crews, hand crews and air support.

National forest officials said increasing high temperatures and low humidity throughout the weekend would impact attempts to further control the fire.

The North Rim and all recreation facilities of the North Kaibab Ranger District remain open and no closures are in place, officials said. Drivers are encouraged to be cautious when driving through House Rock Valley on Highway 89A near Jacob Lake due to fire-related traffic.